AMN Best of 2012 (So Far)

Gerry Hemingway, moers festival 2007

We are nearly half-way through 2012, and therefore it is a good time to revisit some of the best releases that have come to my attention so far this year. Of course it is important to keep in mind that there are plenty of releases I’ve yet to hear, so this list is far from comprehensive.

The best so far:

Nooumena – Argument with Eagerness
Anduin – Stolen Years
Vincent Bergeron (Vincent Berger Rond) – Elle avait raison Hathor
Bob Drake – Bob’s Drive In
Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up – The Air is Different
Mary Halvorson Quintet – Bending Bridges
Vijay Iyer – Accelerando
Mulm – The End of Greatness
Aaron Novik – Secret of Secrets
Pail Bug (Eichmann, Weins, Hughes, Arnal) – Pail Bug
Positive Catastrophe – Dibrujo, Dibrujo, Dibrujo…
Matthew Shipp Trio – Elastic Aspects
Henry Threadgill Zooid – Tomorrow Sunny / The Revelry, Spp
Gebhard Ullmann / BassX3 – Transatlantic
Wrack / Kyle Bruckmann – Cracked Refraction

Honorable mentions:

Arcana – As Bright as a Thousand Suns
Arcana – Emerald (EP)
Atrium Carceri – Reliquiae
Aych (Hobbs / Halvorson / Bynum) – As the Crow Flies
Ballister – Mechanisms
Albert Beger / Gerry Hemingway – There’s Nothing Better To Do
Bilbao Syndrome – I-VI
Blink – Twice
Catatumbo – Catatumbo
Centrozoon – Boner (Marziano Fontana Version)
Neneh Cherry / The Thing – The Cherry Thing
Chicago Underground Duo – Age of Energy
Clarinet Trio (G.Ullmann, J.Kupke, M.Thieke) – 4
Cosa Brava – The Letter
Data Garden – Quartet: Live at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Desiderii Marginis – Procession
Mario Diaz de Leon – Hypnos
Harris Eisenstadt – Canada Day III
Ergo – If Not Inertia
Ethel – Heavy
The Floating World – The Apparition
Gannets – Transmissions of Not
Charles Gayle – Streets
Devin Gray – Dirigo Rataplan
Gunnelpumpers – Tritonium
Rich Halley 4 – Back from Beyond
Ross Hammond – Adored
Marc Hannaford – Ordinary Madness
Heldentod – The Ghost Machine
Gustaf Hildebrand – Heliopause
Lars Hollmer – With Floury Hand (sketches)
The Home of Easy Credit – The Home of Easy Credit
Imbogodom – And They Turned Not When They Went
Jack Dupon – Bascule a Vif
Janel & Anthony – Where Is Home
Eyvind Kang – The Narrow Garden
Kayo Dot – Gamma Knife
King Tears Bat Trip – King Tears Bat Trip
Yoni Kretzmer / 2Bass Quartet – Weight
Clint Listing – In the Minds of Madness
Locrian & Mamiffer – Bless Them That Curse You
Jessica Lurie Ensemble – Megaphone Heart
Man Forever – Pansophical Cataract
Szilárd Mezei Vocal Ensemble – Fújj Szél, Zenta, Visszhangozz Szél
Nichelodeon – NO
Juan Antonio Nieto – The Voice Inside
Mike Noordzy Quintet – Dream-Ee-Chi-Wah
Number None – Strategies Against Agriculture
Outhouse & Hilmar Jensson – Straw, Sticks + Bricks
Pixel – Reminder
PRCHR – PRCHR Familiar Music 1
Abbey Rader – Live at PAX
Raison d’Etre – When the Earth Dissolves in Ashes: Live 2010-2011
Dennis Rea / Wally Shoup / Tom Zgonc – Subduction Zone
The Research Institute – Taktspuren
Rent Romus / Lords of the Outland – The Cloudknitter Suite
Seven Nines and Tens – Habitat 67
A Short Term Effect – Furs and Masks (EP)
Shrine – Somnia
Sky Thing – Garbage Strike
Ches Smith / Congs for Brums – Psycho Predictions
Wadada Leo Smith – Ten Freedom Summers
Stretch Orchestra – Stretch Orchestra
Thollem / Parker / Cline – The Gowanus Session
Ben Tyree – Thoughtform Variations
Various Artists – Lost in the Humming Air (Music Inspired by Harold Budd)
Brad Walker – Redrawblak (Solo)
Brad Walker / Simon Lott – Redrawblak
Andrew Weathers / Ensemble Guilford – County Songs
Chris Welcome – Electronic Music 2002-2011
Witxes – Winter Light Burns (EP)

2 thoughts on “AMN Best of 2012 (So Far)

  1. So great to see Nooumena getting the recognition they deserve! Such an excellent band, that’s why we released their debut!!

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